The issue of whether or not these politicians should be given Holy Communion has been bantered about for years. Remember when the bishops withheld that important letter from then-Cardinal Ratzinger regarding this issue? I hope the bishops remember, and I hope they begin to rectifiy the situation.
Mr. Voris points out that:
"until the leaders of the Church in America put sufficient distance between themselves and this traitorous lot of Catholic political leaders .. they are going to find the going tough.
Now is the time for the bishops to say - in one, loud, unified voice - that "Catholic" politicians whose political statements and affiliations fly in the face of Catholic teaching should NOT...NOT...NOT even seek to receive Holy Communion. And if they do, they should be denied. The bishops need to make this point clear to their priests. The priests need to make it clear to their "extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion."
Speaking of which...in most cases, the priest himself could easily administer the host to the people, with no help from a lay minister. If he did so, he would have more control over who receives Holy Communion...and who is denied. And why not go all the way, and just administer Communion under one species? What a concept! Imagine the abuses that could be averted this way!
This all dovetails very nicely into re-educating the faithful in the pews. They would see the politicians being refused. They could be encouraged to ask whether they themselves are receiving Communion worthily. They would be forced to see what the Church teaches and whether or not they are in communion with that teaching.
And how about eradicating this silly notion of "receiving a blessing" at Holy Communion if you are not disposed to properly receive? Despite a few documents and letters out there, this is still a rampant practice. But it dumbs-down the idea of sin, and pooh-poohs the idea of "worthy reception" of Holy Communion. If you're not properly disposed to receive, sit in the pew and think about it! Go to confession! Get "worthy"!
If the bishops would insist on not giving Holy Communion to traitorous "Catholic" politicians, and on not giving the "blessing", maybe the ball would start rolling in the right direction.
Here's one of my favorite limerick attempts about the subject of blessings at Communion:
The faithful want to be blessed,
Because they haven't confessed.
Rome says not to.
The bishop says "got to" --
Just as one would've guessed.
If the offended should all leave the Church,
The bishop'll be in the lurch.
There won't be enough money!
That wouldn't be funny.
It would require a new funding search.
They won't change the wrong for the right,
Or the "faithful" will exit in fright.
Pastors stick with the wrong
To maintain the throng,
And we end up with Kathlic-Lite.
Time to change all that, right, Bishops? I know that at least some of you want to right the wrongs and put the faithful back on the path to holiness. I'm with you. I'm praying for you!